Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Fred Ward, Milo Ventimiglia
Director: Nimród Antal
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist.against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune ... more »
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Excellent story, excellent acting, and excellent use of the
Mohamed F. El-Hewie | Hackensack, NJ USA | 12/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I watched the movie in a theater merely 20 miles away from Brooklyn, NY, the proximate locale of the movie's theme, I could strongly sense that the movie succeeded immensely in transcending the big screen into the real people, culture, and everyday life of New Yorkers.
The choice of the story created enormous opportunities to all actors to shine at their best. There is no better place than New York that could inspire writers, actors, philosophers, reformers, and artists to marvel into the diversity of its people, its social strata, its financial inequalities, and its progressive social changes. The blue-collar workers who are fueling the gears of such mighty capitalistic machine have access to its lethal weapons of ending few lives and to its powerful currency of building greater and new lives. They were enticed by both powers in their immediate access yet deprived of any hope of bettering their lives through deciphering the laws and regulations that control that machine.
Each actor who took part in the movie fitted perfectly in the role he played (there were few female roles to start with). The faces, the skin textures, the accents, and the racial and age mix of the players, all reflect on the real people, their struggles, and the challenges they face in their every day life. The contemporary nature of the movie's story and the abundance of amateur actors in urban America brought real people to play real roles.
The poor workers, whose occupation was to guard the treasury of the wealthy community, must compartmentalize their endless insecurities from those they protect. Their sharing of common struggle deprived them from their individual abilities to dissent. Their immediate herd is their ultimate authority, against which dissent amounts to capital rejection.
The only dissent that appeared attractive was snatching money by relying on the old trick of avoiding the mistakes that predecessors have made. Only a young man retained his sense of the line between crime and plain error. His dilemma of keeping his house and his brother under one roof, after losing both parents in one year, lent him the power of dissenting when confronting a scene of murder of an innocent person. His stars were aligned in his favor when he was able to save the life of a police officer, who would later testify to his true benevolence.
The rest of the followers appeared overwhelmed by their swift and unexpected entanglement in unfolding murders and robbery. Their struggle with sticking to the herd rules versus disentangling themselves from their bleak detriment characterized naïve persons, facing unfortunate life situations. Those with weak ego attempted to stay low, unnoticed until opportunities present themselves. Those with strong will attempted to make expedient decisions to solve immediate problems, in hope that luck would strike if they persevered. The only person, whose mind was wired to protect his only orphan brother, succeeded to the end maintaining his sanity.
Clearly, the movie succeeded in showing that the drift to abrupt criminal conduct was mere mitigating circumstances that drove a punch of desperate people to find a way out of their endless misery. All participants showed human decency of common people who happened to fall in the traps of poor judgment, enforced by never ending oppression of poverty, insecurity, and hard labor.
A little more suspense
R. M. Silkey | 02/02/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The classic take on what happens when people get greedy. Yeah, the movie is for the most part predictable and somewhat cliche ridden. Overall, it's not the worst movie I've seen. Good flick on a rainy day or night when nothing else is on. While it may not overwhelm you with it's storyline you at least will be entertained.....and then go on about your business!"
Edmonson | Canada | 12/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Armored" is about a heist that goes all wrong, of the money from an armored vehicle, by the same security guards who are suppose to be safeguarding the money. Mat Dillon and Laurence Fishburne star in this edge of your seat thriller which explores to some degree the various dimensions of how human greed can warp people's sense of morality."
A thoroughly disappointing and depressing story line...
G-Wisdom | 03/27/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Upon viewing the trailers, I waited in anticipation to see this movie. I have just seen it and the first thing I did was google the writer to see if maybe he is a wealthy personality, who once had his money stolen during an armored car transfer and maybe this script was now his closure and revenge? This movie ought to be entitled "How stupid can you be with 42 million dollars"? The subtitle should read "Why didn't you just stay home"? Some of the other reviews here talk of "predictability" in this movie. Are we reviewing the same film (Armored)? To the contrary, this movie is so depressingly unpredictable, that it breaks your heart. Some of the other reviews speak of a "great story line", only if you are some law enforcement officer with an axe to grind, I guess. One review speaks of star power at it's peak and "everyone did a bang-up job". Again, what movie did you see, because this was a complete waist of star power. I don't even know why Lawrence Fishburne accepted a script like this? Jean Reno's character seems almost catatonic. They did the best they could with what they had to work with script wise, but it was so far beneath what could have been. We all know that crime doesn't pay and you will definitely reap what you sow, but a heist movie should be about the heist, a great getaway, the ensuing chase, the investigation and just maybe the icing on the cake of a total eluding of all who chase them! I'm sorry, if it's not broken, don't fix it! Classic subject scenario's require "predictability". If the predictability is anticipated and enjoyable, then it's a bankable asset. In a tangent comparison, people don't seem to care if most popular music sounds the same these days and it does, to it's most boring, mediocre ultimate ever. Society seems to be so tolerant of mediocrity in music, but so intolerant of a little predictability in films; why? It's so backwards. Instead of screwing up the classic ingredient of just enough predictability of a heist movie to keep the enjoyability, it would be nice to bring real music back; music that has interesting progressions, beautiful changes, deep rhythms, bridges and uniqueness (thanks for bearing with my momentary, analytic metaphor). This movie leads you on to think that six blue collar guys, with bills and mortgages, get tired of transporting millions of dollars for their peanut paychecks and decide to cash in for a change, only to get caught up in the most ridiculous, needless, chaotic, foolishness that I have ever seen, in depressing reality. Instead, you end up waiting hopelessly for the scenario to somehow reset from chaos, back to the getaway, but sadly, it never does. The setback becomes the subject matter and spirals relentlessly downward. If you want to see someone (who makes a bad decision to steal) get caught before they even get started, watch "Cops". Why not let them shoplift, or steal some ones wallet, or how about a convenience store holdup? Something menial in comparison. Then let them get caught and do they're time (with plenty of action, drama and intensity therein), but $42,000,000.00?? Come on! It's heart wrenching and depressing to watch. I mean really, who enjoys seeing $42 million get blown up? Where is the slickness, sophistication, smooth execution and intelligence of a well thought out plan, that takes everyone by surprise? The kind that leaves you breathless, wondering "wow, look at the way they pulled that off"! That is where the excitement, intensity and unpredictability is in a heist picture and this never gets old. It's classic and can be enjoyed over and over. So what if it's "predictable" in it's basic story line? SO WHAT?? Some things in life are timeless. At least let them get home with the money James! Spike Lee's "Inside Man" ( in reference ), is ingenious and a more enjoyable formula for me Inside Man (Widescreen Edition). All that said, congratulations are still in order to James V. Simpson for selling "armored", his first script. Just please don't write any more about bank jobs and heists James (cause you don't get it) and if you want to write about a hero, don't make him a rat the next time. Really, if this picture was about true morality, then "Hackett" (Columbus Short) should have been held responsible for ever agreeing to go along with the heist! He still was part of it and would have left with the money as well, if no one got hurt, right? How does he just go home at the end of it, with a totally clear conscious and a possible reward to boot?? He essentially (though inadvertently) caused his partners deaths, by being such a selfish punk. A far cry from the heart, guts and grit of "Little Walter" in Cadillac Records... I am so sorry that I purchased this DVD..."